Below are all the shortlisted entries to the 2016 Epic Awards – commiserations if your group didn’t make the shortlist, but the quality of entries was exceptionally high. The winner and runner up in each nation will be chosen by a panel of judges. This year's People's Choice Award closed on Wednesday 23 March having received well over 11,000 votes with Strike a Chord emerging as the public's favourite. They'll receive their award at the Epic Awards ceremony in Cardiff on Saturday 2 April along with the other winners. Thank you all for your votes and your continued enthusiasm and support for the Epic Awards.
Harps North West
This Cumbria-based group used video tutorials to lead a month long collaborative learning project
The Craft Club Yarnbombers
A community group in Essex invited others to help them create a Christmas tree with a difference
Movema helped build young people's understanding of different cultures and communities through dance projects around Liverpool
Cowley Road Carnival
Cowley Road Carnival is a free and open celebration of the rich diversity of East Oxford
20 Stories High
This award-winning theatre company in Liverpool works with young people from excluded communities and created two new shows at The Unity Theatre
One Red Dot
The Art in the Park series brought artists' work to the public over 12 months in Plymouth.
St Nicks Eco-Crafters
St Nicks brings older people together in York to learn upcycling skills and build a greener future
People's Theatre Arts Group
For over 100 years PTAG and its voluntary team have staged professional standard theatre in Newcastle
Go! (Great Opportunities) Together
A team of volunteers, an orchestra and chorus raise thousands to renovate a derelict theatre in Plymouth
Dublin Ukulele Collective
This group of Dublin ukulele enthusiasts, aged 16-80, come together to play for enjoyment and friendship.
The Social Sofa (Spectrum Centre)
This Belfast community project worked with people suffering from dementia to create a stunning mosaic sofa
Woollen Woods Whitehead
Lighthouse Yarns decorated their local woodland in beautiful arts and crafts, made with the local community
A poetry, music, art, craft and puppet ensemble established to protest the killing off of rural Ireland.
Bringing the Northern Ireland Filipino community together through celebrating Philippines Independence Day
A voluntary dance group of older people challenging perceptions of contemporary dance in Derry-Londonderry
Guthan an Iar
Gaelic singing group from South Uist in the Outer Hebrides, keeping local song-poems alive through public performance.
Hidden Door Festival
Festival featuring music, theatre, film and visual art, run entirely by volunteers and held in formerly derelict places in Edinburgh.
Rusty Boat Theatre Company
West of Scotland youth theatre group that plugged a gap and found unusual venues to perform in.
Aberdeenshire craft group that brings all ages together to create fundraising yarn bombing projects.
Kilmarnock Railway Station Heritage Trust
Volunteers who turned disused platform rooms into a vibrant hub of historic and cultural activity.
Sew La Tea Dough
Upcycling clothing group in Glasgow that passes on skills, saves money and helps the environment.
Volunteer-run festival that gave musicians on the Isle of Lewis a much needed chance to perform.
Rural Aberdeenshire villagers who came together to stage a nativity inspired by present day refugee crisis.
Pimp my Uke
A project involving Men's Sheds across Wales making their own ukuleles and learning to play them.
Strike a Chord
A project in South Wales which helps stroke patients' recover through singing in a choir
Black History Month Wales - Great Black Women Past
A project to celebrate many of the bold, brave and successful black women throughout history.